Toys in Miniature: Frances Armstrong
Free Projects 
Here are some projects in 1/144 scale that you might like to try.
I'll be adding to these frequently.  Meanwhile, please e-mail me with comments so I can make the instructions clearer.  More diagrams and photos will be coming too.
Suitable for children?
I was trying to do projects like these when I was nine or ten, but I also had to have surgery on a cut thumb a few years later.  Young children can do a lot of these projects, but must be supervised.  Beginners of any age should remember to use knives sharp enough to cut with gentle pressure. See Tools section for more precautions.

Tiny toys made from toothpicks or matchsticks.  Very detailed instructions with diagrams.
That's a Canadian dime, which happens to have a boat (the Bluenose) on it.  It's about 3/4 inch in diameter.
Tiny houses--dollhouses for dollhouses for dollhouses.  Easy concept, but needs to be done with care.
Shops in matchboxes (or in any kind of box):  A flower shop, a bakery, and a book shop, all made with tools and materials that should be in most homes or at the corner store.  Many different techniques are suggested, and you can make them as elaborate or as simple as you wish.
Design and build your own 1/144 house from scratch: A long description of how to do this, using only materials that you can find easily in most places.  I describe how I built this stone house, but you can adapt the instructions to make almost anything you fancy.
Toothpick doll: A simple doll about 1/4 inch high.

This page was last updated on: May 15, 2010

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